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My name is Hala Furst, and I am a 3L. Before coming to Roger Williams I received a BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Minnesota. In the three years between graduating from college and arriving here in Bristol, RI, I worked as a hotel concierge for a luxury brand, a loan officer and mortgage...

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Year Two

Posted by Hala Furst on 08/24/2008 at 12:00 AM

Have you missed me? I’ve missed all of you.

I have not really been able to wrap my mind around the fact that I am now a 2L. It seems like just a week ago I was struggling my way though Sibbach and Schlagenhauf. A year has passed, and yet I find myself once again spending all day in the Library on the last Sunday before classes begin, this time finishing up the Moot Court Clark Competition Brief. Oh, and reading Con Law and Admin for tomorrow as well. Right back into the fire. The summer has given me a lot of time to reflect on whether the reasons I came to law school are the reasons I’m still here. I got to experience the British legal system from the bird’s eye perch of a judge’s bench and learn about European Union law from practitioners living within it. I came to law school to hone my writing skills, to sharpen my intellect, to open my mind and learn to defend my positions. And all these things I have accomplished, but instead of simply learning how to defend my opinions, I’ve learned to challenge them, open them up, figure out why I believe what I believe, and whether it makes and sense. As an American traveling in Europe at this particularly unpopular moment in our history, I found myself defending my country and the beliefs we hold dear on a fairly regular basis, even if only within my own mind. As critical as I am on this government, confronting daily Closed Circuit Television surveillance throughout London and witnessing the lines blur between the military and the police in Portugal, I was reminded about the freedoms our Constitution promises, and was excited to study Constitutional Law this semester. So bring on the next challenge. Just let me get a decent night’s sleep this time around.